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Mechanics

The Mechanics element of the AS-Level in Mathematics consists of the following topic areas:
Quantities & Units in Mechanics, Kinematics and Forces & Newton’s Laws. In addition to these topics, the A-Level in Mathematics also covers Moments.

  • Quantities & Units in Mechanics
  • Kinematics
  • Forces & Newtons Laws
  • Moments


AS Level Maths

Quantities & Units in AS-Level Maths:

 

  • understand the units of length, time, mass, velocity, acceleration, force, weight

A Level Maths

Quantities & Units in A-Level Maths:

In addition to the above:

  • (no additional content)


AS Level Maths

Kinematics in AS-Level Maths:

 

  • understand position, displacement, distance, velocity, speed and acceleration
  • understand and interpret graphs for motion on a straight line
  • understand, use and derive the SUVAT equations
  • use calculus in kinematics for motion on a straight line

A Level Maths

Kinematics in A-Level Maths:

In addition to the above (including extension to two dimensions in some areas):

  • projectile motion under gravity


AS Level Maths

Forces & Newton’s Laws in AS-Level Maths:

 

  • normal reaction, tension, thrust or compression, resistance and Newton’s first law
  • Newton’s second law for motion on a straight line
  • using weight under gravity
  • Newton’s third law, forces in equilibrium, pulleys & connected particles

A Level Maths

Forces & Newton’s Laws in A-Level Maths:

In addition to the above (where resolution in two dimensions is also required) the following topics are covered:

  • resultant forces and dynamics
  • friction


AS Level Maths

Moments in AS-Level Maths:

 

  • Not covered in AS-Level Maths

A Level Maths

Moments in A-Level Maths:

In addition to the above:

  • using moments in problems with static rigid bodies in equilibrium